drvarun sqMedical 3D Printing & Bioprinting

Dr Varun Tyagi is a medical doctor who practices in India and writes about remarkable and historical landmarks throughout the medical world.  Dr Varun believes that 3D printing can help democratize medical care, making medical devices affordable and available to everyone on the planet.

Seek out this Free Bio-Printing Course that gives Certificate

3d Bioprinting Course Online Free Certificate

University of Wollongong, Australia has rolled out a free online course on Medical Bio-Printing that will teach the participants about the basics of 3D Printing body parts such as hip implants and facial implants. The 4-week interactive course will teach the story of 3D Printing revolution, introduce participants with commonly used biomaterials, including metals, ceramics and polymers, and how bioprinting techniques, such as selective laser melting, hot-melt extrusion and inkjet printing, work. Finally, the participants can grab their own Certificate of Achievement after completing the course.

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Materialise plans to Build Europe's Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

 Materialise plans to Build Europes Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

With increasing popularity of 3D Printing Revolutions, Materialise has decided to construct Europe’s largest and most modern 3D printing factory which will be built in the Polish village of Bielany Wroc┼éawskie. The construction is start later this year and is planned to end in mid-2017. This new factory will be a perfect opportunity for Materialise to extend their presence in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries. However, local Materialise branch leader Piotr Adamczewski has stated it will be focused on medical care.

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How 3D Printing is Evolving the Medical Field

How 3D Printing is Evolving the Medical Field

From 3D Printed Prosthetics, Super-Healing Casts, Hairs, Skin and 3D Printed Micro-Lens for surgery to Implants of almost every body part, 3D Printing is helping in medical field making everything possible for the miserable lives of patients. But what is the future of 3D Printing? One day we will be able to 3D Print entire human body from simple DNA, as some researchers have already started to work on 3D Printing Real Organs for transplants in human bodies.

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Indian Surgeons using 3D Printing for Gall Bladder Surgeries

SMS hospital india 3d printing

Surgeons in Sawai Man Singh hospital jaipur, india are now using 3D Printing Technology for removing gall bladder with cholelithiasis disease (Gall stones) and have conducted 22 successful surgeries so far within the last month. Doctors believe 3D Printing is better since the dual cameras in 3D technique provide 360 degree images, while with 2D Printing, they were only able to get 30 to 45 degrees angles and the surgeons have to rotate it while conducting the surgeries. Also, it reduced the time of surgery to 20-25 minutes.

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Reddit User 3D Prints his own Custom Brace after breaking Hand

Reddit User 3D Prints his own Custom Brace after breaking Hand

A Reddit User, 3driven or in reality, Paavo Pirhonen of Helsinki, Finland, is a radiographer and electrical engineering student, broke his fifth metacarpal of hand after colliding with a car while cycling. He 3D Printed his own custom brace using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 and then 3D printing with PLA which he could remove daily, wash it and even go for swimming wearing it. The doctors were okay with it and he has now shared the design on Thingiverse.

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4Web Medical receives FDA Clearance for Lateral Interbody Fusion Devices

4Web Medical Start 3D Printed Implant Industry Lateral Spine Truss System

The Texas-based 4Web Medical Company has just announced that they received FDA clearance for their Lateral Interbody Fusion Devices. The platform consists of the Cervical Spine Truss System, the ALIF Spine Truss System, the Posterior Spine Truss System and the Osteotomy Truss System.  4WEB is currently developing truss implant designs for knee, hip, trauma and patient specific procedures where the patient will benefit from optimal porosity and osseous incorporation.

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3D Printed Cast are Modern but may not be Cheap

 3D Printed Cast are Modern but may not be Cheap

3D Printed casts have appeared as one of the useful tools of the technology since the designs are lightweight and the plastic features round openings allow for more breathability. These openings make it easier for doctors to access the broken limb, as well as making daily tasks more manageable for the patient. Comparatively, 3D Printed Cast Design helped with determining skin health, and it made re-dressing wounds easier. Companies like Xkelet, based in Spain, have gained recognition for their cast whose clinical trial will be starting in September. However, their prices continue to be cause of worry.

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French Biomodex uses 3D Printing to train Surgeons

 French Biomodex uses 3D Printing to train Surgeons

French-based Biomodex has set a goal to use regular additive manufacturing to create ultra-realistic organ replicas to help train surgeons. Another application Biomodex is using its technology for is education: Medical schools can use the 3D printed plastic “organs” instead of cadavers to make it easier to teach classes on specific pathologies. The main aim of Biomodex, however, is to take regular medical data from MRIs and ultrasounds and transform it into detailed 3D-printable models using proprietary algorithms.

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Within Reach Design Challenge by MatterHackers, Ultimaker, e-NABLE and Pinshape

Within Reach Design Challenge by MatterHackers Ultimaker e NABLE and Pinshape

MatterHackers, Ultimaker, e-NABLE and Pinshape recently teamed up to launch a design contest- Within Reach. The contests ask to create a 3D printable tool to assist individuals with limited use of their hands and the winners will be judged by Dave Gaylord, Jen and Ivan Owen, Les Hall and Brandy Leigh Scott. The entry can be made till September 6th and prizes include 3D printers from Ultimaker, MatterControl T10 3D Printer Controllers, MatterHackers PRO Series Filament, and MatterHackers gift cards.

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Eight Year Old gets 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand from CMU Students

Eight Year Old gets 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand from CMU Students

8-Year old Michael Bell was suffering with Moebius Syndrome, a neurological disorder that left him without his left arm. However, he received a 3D Printed Hand from CMU’s MakerBot Innovation Center, Breckenridge where Austin Brittain created the device for him using the e-NABLE template. The device was named Phoneix hand and costs less than $100.

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Oventus Medical Successfully debuts O2Vent on ASX with CSIRO

Oventus Medical Successfully debuts O2Vent on ASX with CSIRO

With recently getting the clearance from US FDA for O2VentTM Mono device, Oventus Medical has now successfully registered its listing on the ASX on 19 July 2016 with a fully subscribed IPO. The company’s O2VentTM  range incorporates an airway to bypass nasal, soft palate and tongue obstructions. The company has also registered its next generation O2VentTM T titratable device with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and launched the device for consumers through an expanded network of dentists.

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3D Printing Expected to Grow Large by 2026

 3D PRINTING EXPECTED TO GROW LARGE BY 2026

A report by Future Market Insights has stated that 3D Printing is expected to grow huge by year 2016 especially in medical and dental fields with 4.6 million 3D Printers to be sold by 2026. While 3D Printing has opened doors for every sector, these two sectors will benefit greatly. Some companies like Stratasys, 3D Systems and ExOne are having reduced sales for now but the boom of this sector will heighten their fortunes too.

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Police Seeks 3D Print FingerPrinting to Solve Murder Case

Police Seeks 3D Print to Solve Murder Case

Law enforcement officers approached the 3D Print Lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University seeking help in solving a murder case using the 3D Print Technology. Police believed that scans of the victim’s fingerprints from a previous arrest could help unlock his phone and might provide clues as to who killed him.

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China's First Medical 3D printing Factory Opens in Six Months

Chinas First Medical 3D printing Factory Opens in Six Months

The first 3D Printing Factory had already started construction in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The project started after the Fengdu county government of the municipality and the Hkable Biological 3D (China) Co Ltd, a joint venture between U.-based Hkable and local biotechnology company Jintai, signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday. The factory is estimated to cost 50 million yuan ($7.5 million) and will produce human part molds to help with surgery for orthopedics, burns and dentistry, and artificial parts such as limbs.

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German Medical Company opens plant in United States

German Medical Company opens plant in United States

KLS Martin Group, a German medical-supply company will be opening its first U.S manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, according to Rick Scott’s Office. While the focus of the new operations will be on precision 3D printing and milling of products for reconstructive surgery, Tom Johnston of KLS Martin Manufacturing stated that the Jacksonville plant will not only be the first in North America, but the company’s first outside of Germany.

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Doctors use Artec 3D Scanner to help children with Microtia

Artec 3D Print Scanner Microtia Ear deformity

Dr. Ken Stewart and team of doctors at Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland are now using 3D Printing technology to help children born with Microtia, a congenital condition in which the external ear is underdeveloped or undeveloped at birth. Using Artec Spider 3D Scanner, they are able to record the geometry of child's normal ear and use it to create a highly accurate model.

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3D Printing and Medicine will see the Market Boom by 2022

 3D Printing and Medicine will see the Market Boom by 2022

The relationship between Medicine and 3D printing market is expected to rise, and cross the $3.89 billion mark by 2022. To these, achievements like the launch of 3D printed organs, which will cause a rapid decrease in the testing of new drugs, and medicine on animals, are constantly adding to the potential of 3D Printing. 3D printers can create specifically designed medicine with accurate dosage size, color and delivery modes which are patient orientated and improve patient care.

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LEGO-Like 3D Printable Modular Blocks to Build Customized Lab Instruments

 LEGO LIKE 3D PRINTABLE MODULAR BLOCKS TO BUILD CUSTOMIZED LAB INSTRUMENTS

Researchers and Students at the University of California, Riverside have created a Lego-like system of blocks that will enable users to make chemical and biological research instruments quickly, easily and affordably. The blocks, which are called Multifluidic Evolutionary Components (MECs) because of their flexibility and adaptability are designed to work together, and users can build apparatus--like bioreactors for making alternative fuels or acid-base titration tools.

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Materialise Opens 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Malaysia

 MATERIALISE OPENS 3D PRINTING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MALAYSIA

Materialise announced the opening of a new 3D Printing Centre of Excellence in Malaysia which will aim to become a competence center for DLP 3D printing technologies. The teams at the facility will also investigate 3D printing anatomical models and other medical devices with DLP technology to further enhance the functionality of Materialise’s 3D printing software suites for the benefit of end-users working with DLP 3D printers.

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The Alfie Edition UnLimbited Arm 2.0 by 3D Printing

 THE ALFIE EDITION UNLIMBITED ARM 2.0 BY 3D PRINTING

Team UnLimibited has launched its Alfie Edition Arm 2.0 which is a modification of its previous version, the Isabella Edition which had issues with growing anatomy of children and hence its proportionality with user. They have currently hosted the files on Thingyverse through Customizer and are expecting the global users to provide them feedback on the new launch.

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Nasal Endoscopy guided by 3D Printed Skulls

 NASAL ENDOSCOPY GUIDED BY 3D PRINTED SKULLS

Dr. Jose Gurrola, an assistant professor of rhinology at UVA has initiated a program that will involve students practicing nasal endoscopy on 3D Printed Skulls. They can introduce a camera in front of the nose and perform nasal endoscopy virtually, so as to learn hand-eye coordination, learned movement and ways of minimizing any collateral damage to patients of chronic recurring sinusitis, chronic upper respiratory infections, severe nasal obstructions, nose bleeds, etc.

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The Iron Man Arm to Pakistani Child

 THE IRON MAN ARM TO PAKISTANI CHILD BALOCH BIONIK

Mir Bayyaan Baloch, a kid from Pakistan was born with a partially developed arm when engineers at Bioniks, Bayyaan decided to present him 3D printed prosthetic arm. The 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm took 2-3 days to print which was added with his favourite "Super Hero" touch and Bayyaan could now move his fingers with the help of his elbow movement and hold things

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Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

Making its debut at this year's TCT show in Birmingham will be Stratasys’ recently-launched J750 3D printer, reportedly the world’s only full colour, multi-material 3D printer. The J750 is designed for prototypes, as well as tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures and its unique 3D printing capabilities enable users for the first time to combine full colour gradients with a range of materials to achieve the most realistic parts in the industry, easily and without post-processing.

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17-year Old aims to Recycle, reFORM, Reprint

Aaron Westbrook aims to Recycle reFORM Reprint with Kickstarter Campaign

17-year old Aaron Westbrook from Ohio is seeking e-NABLE to create 3D Printed Prosthetics which will have much less impact on the environment. With his official non-profit organization, Form5, he is developing ways to make low-cost 3D printed devices from reused and recycled plastic, especially ABS and PLA. He has also started a Kickstarter campaign to grab some funds to buy the tools required for this innovative idea.

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Weird can be Wonderful: Ted Talk of Owens and e-NABLE

Weird can be Wonderful Ted Talk of Owens and e NABLE

Ten-year-old Torrae Owen and her father Ivan Owen, were recently invited to talk about their gift that keeps on giving at TEDxFoggyBottom in Washington, D.C. They were the one who developed a 3D printed prosthetic hand for a child named Liam through e-NABLE. Ivan currently participates with e-NABLE as a volunteer designer and Torrae has learned how to make hands and how to teach others to do so.

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Printrbot 3D Printer gets Repurposed into High-Quality Bio-Extraction Instrument

PRINTRBOT 3D PRINTER GETS REPURPOSED INTO HIGH QUALITY BIO EXTRACTION INSTRUMENT

Researchers from Advancing Innovations Biosciences have developed a Bio-sample collection solution using an open source Printrbot Play 3D printer for $750. Team at AI Biosciences took a low-cost Printrbot Play, modified it by replacing the extruder with a magnet based tip-comb attachment and further used that to conduct particle-based nucleic acid extractions. Then they programmed the 3D printer to move about its available axis to collect up to 12 samples simultaneously in under 13 minutes.

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Biocompatible Implants by Evonik to replace metal ones

 BIOCOMPATIBLE IMPLANTS BY EVONIK TO REPLACE METAL ONES

Team of researchers at German Chemical Company, Evonik have developed 3d printed biocompatible implants as a substitute for metal implants with advantage of easy absorbability by human body. This 3D Printed biocompatible material will slowly dissolve inside bone as it heals, thereby eliminating need for surgical procedure.

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FDA Principal Investigator seeks Feedback

 FDA PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR SEEKS FEEDBACK

The FDA issued draft guidance on 3D-printed devices in May and has already cleared 85 medical devices and one prescription drug manufactured via 3D printing. The guidance has been open for comments until August while the officials note the rules stop short of addressing products that involve biological material.

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3D Printed Phantoms for Molecular Radiotherapy Dosimetry

 3D PRINTED PHANTOMS FOR MOLECULAR RADIOTHERAPY DOSIMETRY

Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging calibrating with 3D printed phantoms have appeared to be the best for patient-specific absorbed dose calculations for molecular radiotherapy requiring accurate activity quantification. These 3D printed phantom inserts can significantly improve the accuracy of whole organ activity quantification for molecular radiotherapy and are cost effective and efficient way.

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Ti-Life Tech 3D Titanium Interbody Devices by Spineart

 TI LIFE TECH 3D TITANIUM INTERBODY DEVICES BY SPINEART

Spineart has announced that it received CE marking for its new JULIET lumbar inter-body systems with Ti-LIFE Technology that isultra-compact, sterile packed and bar-coded for increased safety, procedure compliance and cost-efficiency. The Ti-Life micro-porous scaffold mimics the bone trabecular structure and features interconnected pores of 600 μm to 700 μm and an overall porosity of 70-75% designed to enable cell colonization and promote bone in-growth.

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Virtual Skin 3D FAM IV Trainer to revolutionize Medical Education

 VIRTUAL SKIN 3D FAM IV TRAINER TO REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Gary Chang & Michael Lu, the FAM technology developers from Stanford have developed an IV Injection Trainer based on cutting edge 3D printing FAM technology. It was presented at recently held CES Asia conference in Shanghai and now has been extended for clinical use to medical students offering a human-like touch with its silicone pad and more durablibility. It can be easily customized as per preferred hardness, skin color, vein diameter & depth.

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Meet Little Alfie: The Bionic Boy

 LITTLE ALFIE THE BIONIC BOY

Alfie from Ballynahinch in Co. Down was born without his right hand when Megan Tissington from Dublin designed the robotic arm for him as part of her final year project at The National College of Art and Design. The project is called “aumentarM” which is a 3D printed arm and hand system for children aged between four and 12 years.

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Wacker Chemie to Debut World's First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at "K 2016"

 Wacker Chemie to Debut Worlds First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at K 2016

The first ever Industrial 3D Printer for Silicones by Germany’s Wacker Chemie will be showcased at “K 2016” trade fair on 19th October at Düsseldorf / Germany. The “ACEO” Imagine Series K printer uses a drop-on-demand method where tiny silicone droplets are deposited on a substrate by layering process to produce a homogeneous product that does not differ much from injection-moulded parts.

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SME announces 2016 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition Winners

3D Print Competition Stratasys SME

SME, working with Stratasys, sponsored a student additive manufacturing competition at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 21-23 with aim to help contestants better understand additive manufacturing applications. Out of 22 teams, 6 teams won Prizes including scholarships from the SME Education Foundation, a MakerBot Mini printer, 3D mouse, and SolidWorks 3D CAD design software.

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The 9000$ Bio-Printer that 3D Prints Bone from Scratch

Aether 1 Bioprinter

Aether 1 bioprinter is one of the 3D Bio-Printers that is capable of printing two bones connected by a tendon using six materials that include synthetic bone, conductive ink, stem cells and graphene oxide. When usual bio-printers may cost upto 200,000$, the Aether 1 Bio-printer costs only 9000$ and they will be rolled out soon after some donations to researchers and universities.

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Evonik alliances with HP to develop 3D Printing Materials for HP Open Platform

 EVONIK ALLIANCES WITH HP TO DEVELOP 3D PRINTING MATERIALS FOR HP OPEN PLATFORM

With launch of Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, the first 3D Printer by HP which is “ten times faster, half the cost”, the company had been looking for new powders for the Jet Fusion printer, for which they announced an Open Platform model calling developers for the Powder Materials. Evonik, a German specialty chemicals maker, has replied to the call and going in partnership with HP to produce new powder 3D printing materials for the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer. Other material developing company including Arkema from France and BASF from Germany had also joined the venture.

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Plant-Based Prosthetics: AMPOFORM by Innventia

Plant Based Prosthetics AMPOFORM by Innventia

With funds received from Vinnova, Innventia has started it's project AMPOFORM (Additive Manufacturing of Prosthetic products based on Forest Raw Materials) which will utilize nano-cellulose and carbon fiber sourced from lignin to produce Prosthetics. Since these 3D Printed Prosthetics will be produced from plant-based material, the team believes it will reduce burden on fossil-based materials and simultaneously create environment-friendly methods.

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Hammertoes Treatment with 3D Printed Implants by Additivie Orthopaedics

 HAMMERTOES TREATMENT WITH 3D PRINTED IMPLANTS BY ADDITIVIE ORTHOPAEDICS

Additive Orthopaedics, company specializing in additively manufactured surgical solutions, recently announced that it has successfully treated a series of patients suffering from painful hammertoes with its 3D printed hammertoe implant, which was recently cleared by FDA. While Greg Kowalczyk, President and Founder of Additive Orthopaedics, believes it was only possible with 3D Printing, he stated company is expected to get good response.

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American Process Inc. Partners With Swansea University to Develop 3D Printed Tissue Using Nanocellulose

American Process Inc. Partners With Swansea University to Develop 3D Printed Tissue Using Nanocellulose

American Process Inc. (API), an Atlanta-based company dedicated to the development of renewable biomass materials, has entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Swansea University Medical School in Wales to develop 3D printed cartilage to be used for facial reconstruction. Under this JDA, cells will be blended with various formulations of nano-cellulose scaffold material and 3D-printed into tissues for reconstructive surgery.

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e-NABLING SPAIN with CIFP Don Bosco

 e NABLING SPAIN CIFP Don Bosco

CIFP Don Bosco, a vocational training center located in the Basque Country of Spain, began working with 3D printers and soon its students and staff signed up with e-NABLE as volunteers. They immediately met two recipients from Mexico – 54 year old Rodolfo and 57 year old Gustavo for which Don Bosco students created the Flexy Hand 2 model. Since then, CIFP Don Bosco is working with e-NABLE to help people requiring prosthetics for a better life.

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